LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel City Council approved a motion on Monday that would allow the police department to purchase a new K-9 dog.
The department currently has only three dogs for four shifts and this would make at least one K-9 unit to be on duty for all four shifts. An officer from within the department has been selected to be the new handler.
K-9 Officer John Stringer who is over the Laurel Police Department's K-9 Division said the new handler will go through basic training along with his new dog.
"There is a six-week course that he'll just go through the basic training and learn how to work the dog and familiarize himself with dog." Stringer said, "It's constant training with these dogs and this is what I'd call an introductory course which shows the officer what's expected to do as far as care, upkeep and maintenance."
The new K-9 officer should have paws on the ground in about two weeks and the money for purchase was donated by the 100 club.